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FAQs on Blaze King Gas Stoves

 

                  Q. How do Blaze King Classic wood stoves differ from other wood stove?

A.  Night and Day! Blaze King classic models feature a bimetal coil thermostat This simple thermostat evens out the uneven nature of burning wood.  Blaze King owners typically only adjust their thermostats once or twice and day.  Nearly all other wood stoves have a damper to regulate air-flow and require more frequent adjusting.  Also, Blaze King wood stoves are very deep.  Not just front to back but real depth.  If you were to hypothetically place garden hose into a regular wood stove and turn it on, within seconds the water would begin to flow out the door opening.  This is because they are most often only 1 or 2 inches deep.  However Blaze King Princess and King models are 6 and 9 deep respectively.  This means less frequent cleaning of ashes, ability to load up to 90 pounds of wood in a load and most importantly, they are safer to load since hot coals and embers are kept well below the door opening.

Q. How many square feet will a specific model heat?

A. Truthfully, that can only be best done if the entire floor plan of the home, insulation value and needs are all considered.  It is always best to speak with a dealer, tell them about your home, life style and describe what your goals are for heating with wood.

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Q. How do catalytic wood stoves work?

A.  Basically, a substrate material such as cordierite, is plated with two or more precious metals.  During the combustion process, the gases that are released result in friction between the plating materials, which can create extremely high temperatures.  Since smoke and other gases are load with energy, the catalyst coverts these into usable heat fro your home.

Q.  Do catalysts need replacing?

A.  Yes.  After a number of years, catalysts can loose their efficiencies.  It is not uncommon to get up to 10 years or more service from a catalyst.  Burning well-seasoned dry cordwood only can best prolong the catalyst life.  If you are planning on burning boards with nail, paint or chemical treatments, or using your stove to burn household trash, you should not use a catalytic wood stove.  Of course, all catalysts installed in Blaze King wood models are covered by a 6 year prorated warranty.

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Q.   Sometimes when I load the wood into my stove, a small amount of smoke comes into the room.  What can I do to help prevent this?

A.  Inefficient wood stoves let lots of heat escape up the chimney and that is a fact. Blaze King catalytic stoves are so efficient, they convert every possible Btu of heat into usable heat for the inside of your home. However, optimal draft requires a few elements, including velocity, heat and no obstructions.  Blaze King catalytic wood stoves are far more efficient (82.5%) than other wood stoves.  This higher efficiency results in less heat going up the chimney.  This lower flue temperature can result in less than optimal draft when the use of 90 degree elbows and length horizontal runs come into play.  The best installation for optimal draft is always straight up and out through ceiling and roof.  But this isn't always possible, resulting in a wall exit.  To minimize the problems associated with this type of installation, Blaze King recommends the use of double wall stove pipe on the stove to the wall or ceiling.  Blaze King also suggests the use of two 45 degree elbows back to back, which smoothes out the radius and also shortens any horizontal run of pipe.  Lastly, open the by-pass handle 5-10 minutes prior to reloading fuel.  Doing so will help to increase the flue temperature and improve the draft dramatically.  Also, make certain the spark arrestor on the cap remains clean and deposit free.

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Q.   How do I know if my wood is dry and seasoned?

A.  The use of green or wet wood is the single largest contributor to less than peak performance.  The combustion of fuels produces water, regardless of moisture level of your firewood.  A piece of dry wood has only so many Btus and if the wood is green or wet, then the combustion process will require heat to eliminate this added moisture.  That is heat not being used to heat your home.  Many wood stove owners believe that their wood is dry since it is cracking on the ends.  It is a fact that wood that has been cut, stacked and dried for two years can still have up to 20% moisture content.  Just because a tree is dead and either standing or down on the ground, does not mean the wood is ready to burn.  In fact, for peak heating performance, cutting, splitting and stacking off the ground on pallets should be done at least one year in advance.

Q.   Where is my nearest Blaze King dealer?

A.  There are hundreds of dealers throughout the United States, Canada and Japan.   If you do not find a dealer near you posted on this site, please contact us as we are always adding to our family of great retailers.

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Q.   How do I know if my Blaze King wood stove is EPA approved?

A. You need to determine which model of Blaze King you own first.  Since there have been dozens of models made over the years, determining which model you own by general description is usually not possible.  At the time all stoves are manufactured, a metal or foil decal is applied to the rear of the stove. (Right hand side on inserts).  This label contains all the information pertaining to the model and serial number.  Basically, all Blaze King King and Princess model stoves that are non-catalytic are not EPA approved.  At the same time, the earliest catalytic models were designed and manufactured and testing for emissions was not required.  Therefore, not all catalytic models are EPA approved either.  The original owners manual that accompanied the stove at the time of sale indicated the model number and a copy of the label for that specific model is in each Owners and Operators Manual.  Once you positively identify which model you own, feel free to download a copy of the manual at no charge.

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Q.    How does a fresh air kit help my stove?

A.   Since all wood stoves require oxygen for the combustion process, the oxygen most often is obtained from within your home.  A fresh air kit brings cold air from outside your home to the air intake.  Doing so assures that enough fresh air is available for efficient combustion.  It also means you are not burning the air you already warmed.

Q.    Are Blaze King wood stoves mobile home approved?

A.  Yes, all Blaze King wood stoves are mobile home approved.  Of course this requires that side shields, rear shield or fans, fresh air kit and double wall stove pipe are used in the installation.  Unfortunately, Blaze King wood inserts are not mobile home approved, as there is no design for a fresh air intake for these models.

Q.    How can I obtain a brochure on Blaze King products?

A.  The easiest way is to visit with your local Blaze King dealer.  You can also download a brochure from this web site and print it in the convenience of your home.  Or, contact us and well put one in the mail to you today!  Be certain to include your complete mailing address and mention which type of Blaze King you are most interested in.

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FAQs on Blaze King Gas Stoves

 

Q.  What is the main difference between a B-vent and direct-vent gas product?

A.  Direct-vent products derive their combustion air from outside of the home.  This is often achieved through either side by side vent pipes or pipes designed with one pipe inside another.  One of the two pipes brings in the fresh air and the other expels exhaust gases.  Direct-vent products are generally considered to be more efficient than B-vent models.

Q.  What is a heat exchanger and how does it work?

A.  Blaze King gas appliances are unique to the industry in that most Blaze King gas models have heavy-duty heat exchangers.  Superior engineering and design has allowed Blaze King to fit the maximum amount of square inches of surface area of heat absorbing steel into each model.  The more surface area of steel, the more energy absorbed during the combustion process.  Then, the variable speeds fans that are standard in all gas models then moves that heat into your home. Its all about getting the most heat from every Btu into your home.

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Q. How do I clean the glass on my Blaze King gas appliance?

A. Over time, deposits can form on the glass of any gas appliance. These deposits are the result of combustion and should be removed from the glass by using an approved glass cleaner.  Do not use household glass cleaner as the residue from the ingredients can ruin your glass.  There are several suitable products on the market and are available through professional hearth products retailers.

Q. Can Blaze King gas appliances burn propane?

A.  Definitely and efficiently. Dealers can perform a simple conversion at the time of installation so that your Blaze King can use propane gas.  Propane gas is packed full of energy and is an excellent, safe way to heat your home.

Q. Do Blaze King gas appliance have remote controls?

A.  Blaze King does offer a remote control for the millivolts appliances.

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Q.  Sometimes my Blaze King gas appliance pilot stays lit and other time it does not.  What's happening?

A.  Since Blaze King gas appliances are designed to run without electricity, they are millivolts systems.  When the pilot is lit, the flame makes contact with the thermocouple or thermopile, creating less than of a volt of electricity.  This current is designed to keep the valve open and allow gas to continue to flow.  When the pilot goes out, the current ceases and the valve shuts down.  After a period of time, wire connections can either loosen or become dirty, resulting in a decrease in the voltage going to the valve.  With less than volt to begin with, it takes very little loss to cause pilot ignition problems.  Cleaning or crimping lose connections will usually fix the problem.

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